German team wins solar home competition – Yahoo! News: “German team wins solar home competition Fri Oct 19, 8:45 PM ET WASHINGTON – A team of students from Germany’s Technische Universitat Darmstadt won a weeklong competition Friday on the National Mall for the best, most efficient and well-designed and -engineered solar home. ADVERTISEMENT The competition attracted 20 universities, most from the United States. Other foreign competitors came from Canada and Spain. The Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the Energy Department, required construction of an exclusively solar-powered home that uses no more electricity than is generated by its solar panels over a five-day period. The contest also required that power be available to drive a plug-in electric car.”